Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Trump distracting us from how terrifying Cruz is





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Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, on stage at the Milwaukee Theatre on Monday night for his final rally in Wisconsin, before the state's primary on Tuesday.
Donald Trump, Stumbling With Women, Enlists Wife to Campaign

By ASHLEY PARKER

Melania Trump, a reluctant campaigner thus far, will take a greater role as her husband's missteps have hurt his standing among women.


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'Panama Papers' Leaks Put Iceland Leader Under Pressure to Quit

By STEVEN ERLANGER

Calls for the resignation of the prime minister were among the first repercussions of the leaks on secret tax shelters and offshore shell companies.

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Senator Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi, on Monday at the Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, Wis. Mr. Cruz has begun airing ads in Wisconsin attacking his rival Gov. John Kasich of Ohio.
Ted Cruz Is Fuming Because John Kasich Won't Bow Out

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and JONATHAN MARTIN

As Senator Ted Cruz looks beyond Wisconsin, where he is favored to win on Tuesday, his frustrations with the Ohio governor have increasingly been laid bare.
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I invited her for drinks on my yacht. Due to a leakage issue, I never said anything about on the water.






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“The Bible Bill”: Tennessee Legislators Move To Make The Bible The Official Book Of The State

by jonathanturley
State Senator Kerry Robertswesley_preach_470x352There is a controversial measure introduced in Tennessee by State Sen. Kerry Roberts to make the Bible the official book of the state. Roberts insists that this is just a recognition of the historical importance of the book and not any elevation of the Bible over other books of faith. That is less convincing to many who view the measure as an official endorsement of, if not an entanglement with, Christianity.



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Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939. Photo taken right after his famous retirement speech. He would pass away just two years laterfrom ALS.



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Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963, being transported to questioning before his murder trial for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.



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Albert Einstein, 1921.



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 Marilyn Monroe.


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. Country store in July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina.



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. Mark Twain in 1900




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Charles Darwin.


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 Elizabeth Taylor in 1956



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Louis Armstrong practicing backstage in 1946.




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Germany Moves To Remove Anti-Erdogan Poem And Merkel Calls Turkey To Apologize

by jonathanturley
220px-Angela_Merkel_(2008)220px-Recep_Tayyip_ErdoganWe recently discussed how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned his suppression of critics to other countries and was demanding action from governments against his critics. At the time, I was relieved to report that Germany had held the line on free speech. My relief of premature. German ZDF public television said Monday it had deleted a poem recited by presenter Jan Böhmermann from last Thursday's edition of "Neo Magazin Royal" after pressure from the German government. Böhmermann's poem, containing numerous sexual innuendos, accuses Erdogan of repressing minorities, including Kurds and Christians. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone call on Sunday evening with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had agreed that Böhmermann had recited a "deliberately abusive text." Merkel has done precisely what civil libertarians feared: feeding Erdogan's desire to suppress speech and affirming that he can indeed silence critics abroad.



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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Former tax court judge is indicted on tax-evasion charges


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A U.S. Tax Court judge who retired in 2014 has been charged with tax evasion.
Former Judge Diane Kroupa and her husband, Robert Fackler, were charged in an indictment unsealed on Monday, report the Minneapolis Star TribuneForbes and the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. They are accused of claiming nearly $1 million in fraudulent deductions from 2004 to 2010, a period during which Kroupa was a judge. TaxProf Blog links to a press release announcing the charges.
Kroupa and Fackler are charged with conspiracy, tax evasion, making and subscribing false tax returns, and obstruction of an Internal Revenue Service audit.
Prosecutors allege Kroupa and Fackler claimed $500,000 in personal expenses such as business expenses at Fackler’s lobbying and political consulting firm, and another $450,000 in business costs for which clients had reimbursed them.
Personal expenses that were deducted included money spent on Pilates classes, spa fees, clothing, home renovations, a wine club, music lessons and vacations, prosecutors said. Kroupa and Fackler are also accused of failing to report more than $44,000 received by Kroupa on a 2010 land sale, and of falsely claiming insolvency to avoid paying tax on a $33,000 canceled debt.
Kroupa practiced tax law at Faegre & Benson before she became a tax court judge. Her first appointment was to the Minnesota Tax Court. She was appointed in 2003 to the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C.
Tom Brever represents Kroupa and Fackler. He told the Pioneer Press that he had not yet read the indictment and couldn’t comment in detail. “Any indictment is serious, of course, and we will take it seriously,” he said.


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Judge orders eviction of 100-year-old woman for causing commotion

Apr 5, 2016, 8:08 am CDT


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Cops perform roadside body cavity search after warning, 'You gonna pay for this one, boy,' suit says


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Police in Aiken, South Carolina, pulled over a car because of its temporary license tags and then handcuffed the passenger, called for a drug-sniffing dog, and performed a roadside body cavity search, according to a pending lawsuit. No drugs were ever found.
The incident was captured on dashcam video, though the body cavity search took place off camera, the Washington Post reports. The newspaper discovered the lawsuit (PDF), filed in September 2015, while collecting information for an upcoming investigative series about police abuse in South Carolina.
The temporary tags on the recently purchased car had not expired and were legal, but Officer Chris Medlin nonetheless ordered the driver and passenger out of the car, according to the article, citing allegations in the lawsuit. Medlin told car’s occupants he was calling for police dog because of passenger Elijah Pontoon’s “history.”
“You gonna pay for this one, boy,” Medlin allegedly told Pontoon, who had a lengthy criminal history but only one arrest since 2006 for an alleged “failure to comply.” The officer was white and the car’s occupants were black.
After the police dog found nothing, Medlin directed a female officer to “search her real good,” a reference to the driver, Lakeya Hicks. The search allegedly exposed Hicks’ breasts but turned up no drugs. While patting down Pontoon, Medlin says he discovered something between his legs.
During the anal probe by unknown officers that followed, Pontoon complains the officer is grabbing his hemorrhoids. The officer performing the probe responds at one point, “That don’t feel like no hemorrhoid to me.” No drugs were found.
“For the next three excruciating minutes,” the lawsuit says, officers “continue to probe inside the body cavity and anus of Elijah and continue to insist they are experts as to what hemorrhoids feel like, claim that it is ‘too hard’ to be a hemorrhoid, have their hands and fingers on the ‘unknown object that is too hard to be a hemorrhoid’ yet neither of these two defendants are able to retrieve this “unknown object.’ ”
“At no time during this illegal traffic stop and including up to the time of the filing of this complaint,” the suit says, were the plaintiffs “ever aware of any formal medical training of these two defendants in the field of gastroenterology or proctology so as to be able to form a legitimate opinion as to what would constitute being ‘too hard to be a hemorrhoid.’ ”
At the end of the police stop, Medlin said he called for the police dog because he recognized Pontoon from when he worked narcotics.
According to the Post, Medlin then concluded the traffic stop. “With no contraband and no traffic violation to justify the stop in the first place,” the Post says, “Medlin concluded the stop by giving Hicks a courtesy warning,’ although according to the complaint, there’s no indication of what the warning was actually for. Perhaps it was to warn to steer clear of police officers in Aiken.”
Hat tip to the Marshall Project.



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EAL ESTATE & PROPERTY LAW

Blanket bans on renting to those convicted of a crime violate Fair Housing Act, feds tell landlords


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The feds are warning landlords to beware of imposing blanket bans on renting to those with a criminal record.
New guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says that relying simply on an applicant’s arrest record is improper and excluding an applicant based on a conviction requires consideration of factors such as the severity of the crime and how it might impact other tenants, according to the New York Times (reg. req.) and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.). The guidance follows a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that OK’d challenges to landlord policies that have a discriminatory impact regardless of intent.
In particular, blanket bans violate fair housing law because they have a disparate impact on minorities, who are arrested and convicted in disproportionately high numbers, officials said.
“Right now, many housing providers use the fact of a conviction, any conviction, regardless of what it was for or how long ago it happened, to indefinitely bar folks from housing opportunities,” said HUD Secretary Julian Castro in a written statement. “Many people who are coming back to neighborhoods are only looking for a fair chance to be productive members, but blanket policies like this unfairly deny them that chance.”
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Clinton Under Attack For Serving As Counsel In Rape Case In 1975

by jonathanturley
Hillary_Clinton_Testimony_to_House_Select_Committee_on_BenghaziThere is an interesting story that has been raging on conservative sites on the Internet but suddenly popped up on national television in a CNN interview. Conservatives are criticizing CNN host Carol Costello for abruptly ending a segment on Tuesday after a guest raised Hillary Clinton’s 1975 legal defense of an accused child rapist. I recently condemned an attack ad against Judge Jane Kelly (a widely respected former public defender) for representing a criminal defendant. The attack on Clinton is equally low grade and unfair.

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